Saturday, November 23, 2019

Planning NEF 2020

Research-led presentations will feature strongly in the 2020 National Equine Forum (NEF) following the response to this year’s event.

Feedback from delegates, together with social media activity, live stream and podcast views have been used to identify what the equestrian industry particularly like.

To date Dr Rachel Murray’s 2019 presentation on what cardiovascular fitness, core stability and muscle development of the horse has received more than 6,000 views on the NEF YouTube channel. Ashleigh Wallace’s talk on rider asymmetry and its impact on the horse, and Dr Andrew Hemmings’ observations on Equine Stereotypic Behaviour also proved to be highly popular.

“Given the enthusiastic response we have had to these presentations the key focus of our 2020 programme will be on research-led aspects of equine health and welfare,” said programme convener Georgina Crossman. “High profile vets, scientists and industry experts will be sharing their knowledge and views on disease, welfare, human behaviour and global welfare issues.”

NEF, held in March each year, is an important annual event uniting diverse elements of the equestrian industry for friendly, non-partisan debate. The aim is to inform, educate and help the industry to speak with the strength of one voice on topical matters affecting the current and future management and wellbeing of the horse. It is organised by a committee of volunteers representing various sectors of the equestrian industry and has as its President HRH The Princess Royal.

Details of the NEF 2020 programme will be announced towards the end of the year and a limited number of Early Bird tickets will be available from December. 

For further information on the NEF and to view past presentations visit 

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